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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Let's go shopping at the Great Northern Sale of SM City North EDSA this Feb 2-5

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I'm not very familiar with the upcoming super 4 day sale of SM City North EDSA, because I live in the South and I spent my shopping and malling years only in Manila, Makati, Pasay and Mandaluyong, well most of my time are in the grounds of any SM Supermalls. Then I heard about this "The Great Northern Sale" of SM City North EDSA, and it is the much awaited grand sale ever that the mall and its store tenants organized it for all of their shoppers.

I remember that I experienced my 1st ever midnight sale in SM City North EDSA during my high school years, that was the time when we lived in Caloocan City and the only reliable mall for shopping back there for us is the newly built SM City North EDSA. The 1st midnight sale that they organized is the grandest sale event of Philippine shopping history, I think that was the 1st sale event around year of 1990's. We hoarded lots of Gift Gate items and American Boulevard that time, we even went back again to Gift Gate and bought those life size dolls of Hello Kitty and Kerokeropi. Then later that year, they organized another sale but it turns to be a 3 day sale and no longer a midnight sale, then other malls copied the concept. It was a fun fun fun shopping madness, that's why I'm so excited for the upcoming "The Great Northern Sale" because I now regularly visit SM City North EDSA late last year.

The Great Northern Sale of SM City North EDSA will be on Feb. 2-5, 2012
check out their Facebook page for news - http://www.facebook.com/smnedsa
and ohhh check out their ongoing contest - Win lots of GCs from SM City North EDSA!


Contest: Win Inn Cafe GC from Fersal Hotel (a Valentines Day treat!)

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Here's an easy contest for my blog readers, the prize is a gift certificate from Fersal Hotel's Inn Cafe, this is also your chance to try the food and beverage offered by Inn Cafe to any branch of Fersal Cafe in Manila, Q.C. and Makati . I'm hosting this contest for everyone and the prizes are provided by Fersal Hotel. It will be a perfect freebie this Valentines Day 2012 in Manila, Philippines. Thanks to Fersal Hotel for sponsoring this prize giveaway here in my blog.

read the details below

Star Wars event this Feb 4-5 in SM Megamall

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A must attend event if you are a Star Wars fan, the only event that can gather many Star Wars fans in one day hehehehe. I just stumbled this via mobile in Facebook and I'm so excited already to visit the event and see our friends wearing their own Star Wars inspired tshirts, and costumes. I love to bring my son here and show them that he can swing a light saber using only one hand hahahaha.

The event is inline with the upcoming re-release of Episode 1 in 3D version, also the event features the upcoming 2012 Star Wars toyline from Hasbro, and yes!!! its my 5th chance of this new generation to collect Star Wars toys. Thank you Hasbro for re-releasing the new toys again.

Check the details below that I copied from the Facebook page of Philippine Outpost

Event: Hasbro Star Wars 2012 Toyline Launching
Venue: SM Megamall Activity Center , Building A basement
Date: February 4 to 5, 2012

... Celebrate the re-release of Star Wars Episode I : The Phantom Menace on the big screen in 3D !
Join the excitement at SM Megamall with the launch of the 2012 line of Hasbro Star Wars toys
brought to you exclusively by Toykingdom and Cybertron Philippines.

Have your photos taken with Darth Vader, C3P0, R2D2, Stormtroopers, Clone Troopers and other costumed members of the 501st Legion.

Join the contests and games at the activity center stage area located at the basement of building A beside Toykingdom. Kids ages 10 and below who come in full costume will receive a gift. Be sure to be at the activity area between 2 to 4 pm.

See the diorama displays of different scenes from the Star Wars movies and the Clone Wars
brought to you by our friends from Pinoy Star Wars Kolektors

My Php 600 Food Adventure top picks in Venice Piazza Mckinley Hills

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The deal is... Php 600 for 12 food from 12 restaurants

If you want to have a one day food adventure or try different kinds of dishes of all restaurants every weekend, then this Food Adventure in Venice Piazza Mckinley Hills is a best place for you for your hungry tummy and salivating taste buds, you will get a chance to try 12 foods from 12 participating restaurants of Venice Piazza for only P600. The best part here is that the Food Adventure passport can be used in other day and can be borrowed by your friend or family if they want to try other food,but the catch here is that you can only choose the food and try it for once, but there are lots of selections and its an eye candy for foodies and munchers. I have tried 2 kinds of food promos last year here in Venice Piazza, I learned a lot of choosing the right food for me that make sure that I''l enjoy it. All food are good for single serving only and can't be share to your seat mate. The Food Adventure is ON! January 7-March 31, 2012. Starting from 4pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday only. (More below)

Working and baby sitting

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here's my workstation today, I'm blogging, checking my email, updating my Facebook stats, checking some Facebook ads stats, monitoring my blog page and then my son baby Ash is watching Yo Gabba Gabba on a split screen here in my laptop.

Yes,he sitting on my lap while I'm working.
been doing this for two days already...no yaya today.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Facebook is down for the 1st time this 2012 (if you are a GLOBE user)

Time: 12:30am
What: Facebook is dead or down here in Manila
Why: accdg to Globe that there's a service disruption around Metro Manila

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it happened 2 times last year..and now let's mark a count starting this year 2012

I just hope that they can mention this or advice us whats going on and instead of us users go on investigating the problem, GLOBE.pls use your Twitter!

I'm not sure if this is related to this report by @downrightnow

Affected areas are in Manila and Cavite, but a friend in Makati and Rizal are having no problem in accessing Facebook. (then at 2am, blog reader from Davao and CDO experienced a downtime too)

https://twitter.com/#!/popazrael/status/163665257229852672

https://twitter.com/#!/popazrael/status/163665855954157568

https://twitter.com/#!/popazrael/status/163665953576595456

https://twitter.com/#!/popazrael/status/163667737728663553

https://twitter.com/#!/popazrael/status/163667916263403520

https://twitter.com/#!/juanmanila/status/163668653546545152

https://twitter.com/#!/popazrael/status/163669329563488256

https://twitter.com/#!/jcperlas/status/163669426099589121

https://twitter.com/#!/carambs/status/163670094839427073

https://twitter.com/#!/popazrael/status/163671754777174016

http://twitter.com/juanmanila/status/163675942538067968

http://www.manualtolyf.info/2012/01/quick-blogs-facebook-and-other-sites.html

- end of blog post 1:35am

@ 2:19am our Twitter conversation of most Globe users noticed by a friend who works for Globe, now the problem of connecting to Facebook has been reported to their mother ship.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

1st winner of Catch me if you can FB-Twitter contest

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Suddenly, I got bored while eating my dinner in Chicken Deli, SM North EDSA, I'm so depressed because I'll miss that 6:30pm movie in Gateway Mall. Riko, a friend of mine sent a message via Facebook and he invited me to visit his store in SM North EDSA, since I'm already inside the mall, I decided to pay him a visit and check out his caricature art business. Then I got this crazy idea that I posted on my Facebook and Twitter that I'll award the 1st person to meet me inside SM North EDSA and infront of that Karikatyur store.

After 30 minutes, Someone from the Twittersphere who is my follower, called my name as I left the Karikatyur store, then she introduced herself as "Maya" and she said that she read my Tweet about this meet up contest ek ek.

I'm so happy that one of my many followers in Twitter did the challenge and meet me inside SM North EDSA. I gave her a dinner GC for Chicken Deli and two movie passes for Gateway Cineplex. Congrats Maya!

I'll announce on the spot in my Facebook and Twitter walls on where I am and what prize will be received if they meet up or catch me whenever I am here in Manila. Fun game ito di ba?


On the set of Bourne Legacy movie in EDSA-Taft

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There are some traffic build up happening in Baclaran area, but it was weird to see that there's no traffic in EDSA-Taft, when I arrived in the MRT station, I saw lots of people crowding on the side near SOGO and people up from the over pass are looking at something. I saw that the movie crew of Bourne Legacy are busy setting up their cameras, ropes, wires and even that heavy machinery. Its uzi time for pinoys that's uzisero for you! meaning we pinoys love to watch, investigate and get involved by just looking. I was hoping to see the stars of the movie..Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner.

more photos below

Friday, January 27, 2012

Free outdoor movie screening in Bonifacio High Street tonight

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If you are looking for a free movie screening, or you have free time and want to hang out in an open air or in a mall, or maybe you need to hang out with lots of people, or you have a date and you want to take her to a place something special and unique, if you say YES, then I advise that you try this free movie screening tonight in Bonifacio High Street as Cinemanila brings you their "Moonlight Series", watch a movie under the glowing full moon in Global City. Their going to show the movie entitled "Strictly Ballroom", 1992 film by Australian director Bahz Luhrman. Watch the trailer here about the Moonlight Series.

January 27, 2012
7:00 pm | Bonifacio High Street | Activity Pod 4 (Across Starbucks) | Bonifacio Global City | Taguig

I just remember the "Digital Sunsets 2002" in the past that we do those film screening outside the Manila Film Center back in early 2000's with Ed Cabagnot and we watch movies, indie films and watch live performances of indie musicians. I'm glad Cinemanila organizes this awesome event and I hope it will turn a regular series every Friday, I wonder what happened to that outdoor screening that was organized back then, I think they tied up with K-lite FM, and they showed Jurassic Park movie and we listened the audio of the movie inside the car via the fm radio. I hope that outdoor screening or drive tru movies will be resurrected.




5 days in Medical City with Ash

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We have already plans of going out on the following weekend, I even heard that my wife want to eat in a nice resto and have our own mini food tour, and then we also plan to go shopping for baby items for that upcoming Baby fair event, but everything changes and our plan didn’t pushed through, two days ago before that weekend, my wife and baby Ash got sick, I was in Manila that night attending some meeting and my wife texted me that both of them are sick. I told her that it might be the cold weather that evening that causes the chills and mild fever.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

6th Backdoor Ventures ARTS and MUSIC Festival moves to SMX this May 2012

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After a one year delay of the 6th Backdoor Ventures' Arts and Music Festival, we just received a heads up from event director Jay Virina via Facebook and he tag us and mentioned that "the festival just got BIGGER!"

The new venue now is at SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia. The new date was also revealed it will be on May 12-13, 2012. I'm glad that the organizers moved out from Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall and found a new venue that can cater more space for arts and music exhibitors and also a big playground for event visitors, music and art performers. It will be big blast of artistry and symphony in SM MOA and I'm sure that the venue will be utilized wisely this time...and I'm sure the other side of the SMX and the bay side will be a perfect ground for tambays after listening to some music and watch the sunset...hmmm will be best to tap my photog and bloggers group to join the festival.

check out my photo coverage below from the previous years

Solar geomagnetic storm on Earth and Fantastic Four

Did you know that our Earth just strucked by a heavy and strong "solar geomagnetic storm", the sun storm occur last Sunday and it hit Earth today and the effects are visible in the northern area of our Earth. Massive green light and colorful light glows in the northern sky and it develop large and big lights called "aurora borealis", it is an awesome sight for astronomers and also people who saw aurora borealis in a normal day in some part of the north and south of our Earth, but they say that the aurora borealis light show cause by the solar storm are much beautiful.

The solar geomagnetic storm is not that strong and it is not harmful to us humans, but according to science experts that the storm can cripple power grid and radio communication, there are reports back then that it shutdown the entire power grid of Quebec when we experience the storm last 1989, they say that the last solar storm we experienced was last 2003, and this solar storm can be experienced today and up to year 2013.

You can watch a video here on an actual footage of a solar storm in the sun
This was a big solar storm, the biggest one for years and that will affect satellites; it will cause some satellite computers to reboot, it will cause some communications difficulties in northern latitudes, but it's not big enough to cause problems to sat-nav and things like that. - Dr David Whitehouse, astronomer (source)
They had advised that our astronauts should protect themselves from the solar storm in space, because the storm rays can be harmful to humans and die of solar radiation, when I heard of this notes and advised from scientist, I started to imagine that the comic book characters from the Fantastic Four experienced the same thing, but instead of solar storm they experienced a cosmic ray exposure after an experiment gone wrong in space.

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Scientists have been expecting solar eruptions to become more intense as the sun enters a more active phase of its 11-year cycle, with an expected peak in 2013. - source
This is to show that our sun is the good and the bad for Earth, too much sun is bad as they say, but we should be ready and expect a much stronger solar storm wave in the future. I just hope it is not similar to that solar flare and storm in the sci fi drama movie "The Knowing" starring Nicolas Cage, that the makers of the movie theorize that a massive solar storm can kill all living things in Earth in one big solar storm blast. Watch that movie and understand on how it will end, kinda scary and I hope aliens from Kepler planet saves us hahahah.


The idea behind the solar flare theory stems from the fact that the Sun will be reaching the peak of its current solar cycle in 2012. Solar cycles are 11 years in length and scientists seem to think the current solar cycle will be one of the worst seen by mankind at its peak. Evidence of this is a recent solar flare in January 20 of 2005 which released the highest concentration of protons ever directly measured according to "A New Kind of Solar Storm" - source

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 Red Horse Beer Pambansang Muziklaban year 13 this Saturday

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Red Horse Beer Pambansang Muziklaban is now on its 13th year and the event that started the annual amateur rock band competition is now scorching hot that gathers everyone who loves rock music, tattoo art and extreme sports. It is the gathering of the best of the best of Pinoy Rock as Red Horse brings them together again this year for the "Rakenrol Circus Show!"

The big event will be on January 28, 2012 at the Aseana City in Macapagal Ave. at 5PM

If you love rock music and the extreme events, then you should be here and experience the massive energy that will explode in the heart of Pasay City. I love attending Muziklaban because it proves that pinoy rock music is still alive and growing, It is the only rock event here in our country that we only hope for. rak rakan na!

To enter the event, you have to buy the ticket for a price of Php 50 and it comes with a free Red Horse Beer. This event is open to all whoa are 18 years old and above. You can also avail of the promo ticket found here at http://redhorsebeer.com/promos.php and the whole event will be broadcast live on the net here at http://redhorsebeer.com/home.php


Join the riot!!!

More details below

Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 Chinese New Year mall launch in SM North EDSA

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The best part in having SM North EDSA being the largest mall in the Philippines and second in the whole world, it is also a great venue for events and annual celebrations, 2 weeks ago they just launched the mall’s Chinese New Year, like the annual Christmas mall launching, the event is high on energy and everyone watch the show and participate in the celebration, it is also important to SM North EDSA and other SM Supermalls to celebrate and welcome the year of the water dragon, because the main owners of this malls are Filipino-Chinese, and the annual Chinese New Year is already a part of our country's celebration many years ago. Let me greet you and my blog readers a happy new year or Kung Hei Fat Choy!

more below

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Star Wars Episode 1: 3D movie poster in EDSA

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I spotted posters of the 3D movie version of Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace in some waiting sheds in EDSA, when I saw this poster in Ayala, EDSA, I immediately took some photos and save it on my phone. I feel like a kid again whenever Star Wars mania is alive everywhere. I wonder what will be next after the 3D conversion of all Star Wars movies. Do they plan to have an IMAX version? or have a mega screening of the movie using a Blu Ray DVD? hmmm.

yeah! Star Wars movie mania is back here in blog!


I created my own Darth Vader cheeseburger

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Quick's Darth Vader Burger

French fast food chain "Quick" created this promotional burger in tie up with the upcoming Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D, and it says on the news that the burger will be available in Quick fast food on March 1, the burger is not really burned but a burger with black dye. At first I thought that the black Darth Vader burger is made of squid ink.

After I discover that news few weeks ago, I decided creating my own Darth Vader burger at home using that big burger from Johnny Rockets...it was an accident when I switch the oven into 6 minutes and instead of 3 minutes, but then after the oven roast, I smiled because I created my own Darth Vader burger. Sometimes whenever I cook hotdogs, tocino or fried chicken, I create there my own series of Darth Vader food.

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my own version of Dark Vader burger

Here's my own version Darth Vader burger, its easy to make one at home and there's no need to travel to go to France for that Darth burger. Best served with red light saber tomato ketchup.

View from the hospital window

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we're here in the hospital and my baby boy Ash is okay and fine, doctors already gave some antibiotics in him and hopefully we can take Ash home on Monday or Tuesday. I'll go home tonight and go back here in the morning. The photo above is a view from our hospital window, really an awesome view especially during sunset. I used my LG Optimus Black smartphone in taking this photo and using the Camera 360 app and set it using the night effects just to add drama to this photo.

Az Video Blog 2012 - Bloggers New Year's party in Johnny Rockets Eastwood Mall

I didn't expected that our post new year's party will be wacky and fun, I thought that we will just eat and chat only with fellow bloggers through the whole night, the party makers organized a party games that night. I'm glad that Megaworld Corp. invited us to host the dinner and party for us bloggers, it was a truly fun night! yun na nga e...sobra wacky. Thanks Johnny Rockets and Eastwood City.

Thanks to my blogger friends who joined with us. This is my 1st video blog of the year 2012.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mobile blog: aftermath meeting of BMSD Pilipinas and SM Supermalls.Awesome mtg of photogs and mall admin

Mobile blog: aftermath meeting of BMSD Pilipinas and SM Supermalls. Awesome mtg of photogs and mall admin

Food tripping at SM North EDSA Chinese street food fest in Sky Garden

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In celebration of the Chinese New Year and to welcome the coming of the year of the water dragon, SM City North EDSA put up a Chinese street food fest in the three walkway of their Sky Garden. So if you enter Sky Garden before entering the main mall, a Chinese food and spice breeze will welcome you and feel the flavors of China. Also the mall airs some announcement in Chinese language (but also translated into English), red dragons and lanterns hangs all over the mall and in Sky Garden too, the atmosphere transformed the mall all Chinese hahahaa. I observed that many people who walks by love street food, they buy and eat it on the spot and investigate what's the manang chef is cooking inside that stainless pan. I saw also some Chinese and Koreans trying out some of the food, most of them ordered the fried noodles with siomai. I went there with a couple of foodies to try out their offerings.

The Chinese street food fest at the Sky Garden of SM City North EDSA started last Jan 17 and it will be present up to Jan 23, 2012. 12nn - 9pm only. (more photos below)

Blog suspension

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Last year, I started this new style in my blog having a schedule for topics on each day, this is an experiment for my blog and it will let my blog readers visit my blog on their specific day if ever they want to read and be updated on the topics that they like, its like having a content by demand by you have to wait for the next day if you want a different content, the flow of visitors doubled my stats, but I found that this style gave me a tough deadline and its like me vs. me, so every time that I forgot to blog on a specific day, all I need to do is blog the topic for the day and blog other topics and mark it as scheduled post.

The problem in my end is that, it creates more pressure on my side if ever there's no topic available to blog that day, so instead of forcing my self to search and create new content, I'll just blog the topic that falls under my interest and PR stuff that are sent to me.

The scheduled post per topic might be back soon, if ever my blogging beat is normalized.


Thanks everyone!
-az

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mobile blog: im here at the 17th philippine intl hot air balloon fiestapresscon here in rox bhs

Mobile blog: im here at the 17th philippine intl hot air balloon fiesta presscon here in rox bhs

Nicolas Cage talks about a darker "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" movie and some comics stuff

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Here's an interesting Q and A with Nicolas Cage and he shared to us about a darker version of the 2nd movie installment of Ghost Rider. I just noticed that darker movies are the new trend, maybe because of the success of darker movies we know, the 2nd Ghost Rider film should follow the right path and go darker and scarier since it involves a lot of monsters and demons. Read the interview below and see what comics Nicolas Cage reads today. (more below)

Underworld Awakening in IMAX 3D this January 20

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I'm sure that this new movie of Underworld will be much more better than the 1st and 2nd movie, and we gave Kate Beckinsale more time back then and for this new movie we should see a much better Kate Beckinsale as the warrior vampire named Selene. I'm really excited to see this because you know that the visuals will be good in IMAX 3D, I just hope that some visuals are not too much CGI or over do in taking the advantage of the IMAX 3D features (more below)

Robert Downey Jr. is back as Sherlock Holmes in "A Game of Shadows" (now showing)

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Robert Downet Jr. (one of my now favorite actor since that movie about him and some ghosts) is back again as the world's smartest detective and he is back for the 2nd movie  of Sherlock Holmes with a new story and mystery shocker in this "A Game of Shadows" storyline.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Search for Asia's Top Glam Bloggers is On!

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GlamAsia.com, a fashion website and blog, operated by Glam Media ( the 2nd largest social media company in the world) is hosting a contest for fashion and beauty bloggers and the adies, they are searching who will be the Asia's Top Glam Bloggers! And yes! Philippines is included.

The contest is open for everyone, to established bloggers and newbies bloggers. The prize is a luxury resort stay for two.

Submission of blogs will start on Feb. 1, 2012
visit http://blogs.glamasia.com/bloggersearch/

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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